The Ali Trophy 118lb QF and WBO World Championship – Zolani Tete vs Mikhail Aloyan – and the 200 lb QF and IBF Eliminator – Ruslan Fayfer vs Andrew Tabiti – will be contested this Saturday at the Ekaterinburg Expo in Ekaterinburg, Russia.
All four fighters were in confident mood at Thursday’s press conference in Ekaterinburg, Russia’s fourth-largest city and the cultural center of the Urals.
“I am in good shape, ready for the fight,” said South Africa’s Zolani Tete (27-3, 21 KOs), the WBO World Champion.
“As a world champion you must be ready to adjust and adapt, so whatever Aloyan will be bringing I will adjust and take him out.”
Russia’s Mikhail Aloyan (4-0) is hoping the home advantage will give him the edge over Tete.
“The fact that we are fighting in Ekaterinburg will bring out the best in me. I am ready for the fight.”
His countryman Ruslan Fayfer (23-0, 16 KOs) is relying on his greater experience to beat American Andrew ‘The Beast’ Tabiti (16-0, 13 KOs).
“I have more experience than Tabiti,” said Fayfer. “I am not going to reveal anything, I will show everything during the fight. Everything you should see you will see on Saturday night.”
Tabiti was diametrically opposite in his answer.
“I’m on my A-game,” he said. “I came here for the W, nothing else. I am going to knock this guy out!”
Watch the full press conference here.
Ali Trophy Quarter-Finals:
1. October 7th, Yokohama Arena, Yokohama, Japan – Ali Trophy Quarter-Finals
2. October 13th, Ekaterinburg Expo, Ekaterinburg, Russia – Ali Trophy Quarter-Finals
3. October 20th, CFE Arena, Orlando, USA – Ali Trophy Quarter-Finals
4. October 27th, U.N.O. Lakefront Arena, New Orleans, USA – Ali Trophy Quarter-Finals
5. November 3rd, SSE Hydro, Glasgow, Scotland – Ali Trophy Quarter-Finals
6. November 10th, UIC Pavilion in Chicago, USA – Ali Trophy Quarter-Finals
Season II divisions and Ali Trophy quarter-final match-ups:
Zolani Tete (South Africa) vs. Mikhail Aloyan (Russia)
Naoya Inoue (Japan) vs. Juan Carlos Payano (Dominican Republic) – Inoue W KO1
Emmanuel Rodriguez (Puerto Rico) vs. Jason Moloney (Australia)
Josh Taylor (Scotland) vs. Ryan Martin (United States)
Kiryl Relikh (Belarus) vs. Eduard Troyanovsky (Russia) – Relikh W UD12
Ivan Baranchyk (Belarus) vs. Anthony Yigit (Sweden)
Yunier Dorticos (Cuba) vs. Mateusz Masternak (Poland)
Krzysztof Glowacki (Poland) vs. Maksim Vlasov (Russia)
Ruslan Fayfer (Russia) vs. Andrew Tabiti (United States)